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Three Months of College Can Equal One Year of High School!

Three Months of College Can Equal One Year of High School!
Three Months of College Can Equal One Year of High School! In community college, they don't spend a whole year working through a calculus textbook; they spend three months. Students in community college also don't go through a level of French in one year, they spend three months, instead. It takes a whole year to get a credit in high school American History. In college, you can finish the course in a quarter or semester. Students will usually take three...
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Capture Learning for High School Credit

Capture Learning for High School Credit
You can put FUN on your homeschool transcript! Did you know that? It's such a freeing concept! High school credits created for fun will be the easiest your child will ever earn. Your children do something for fun, you count the hours they work, and give them appropriate credit on their transcript. Easy-peasy! Capture Learning for High School Credit Evelyn wrote an example, so you can see how it works in real life.... I have been following your blog and...
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The Teaching Company's The Great Courses for High School Credit

The Teaching Company's The Great Courses for High School Credit
The Teaching Company's The Great Courses for High School Credit This post contains affiliate links . If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. The Teaching Company provides excellent college level lectures, called The Great Courses. We used them often in our homeschool, to supplement areas our boys were interested in, such as science and economics, and to fill in the gaps in my own weak areas,...
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A Matter of Honor

A Matter of Honor
A Matter of Honor: Honors Classes Honors credit or no honors credit, that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler to give your child a C grade for an honors credit, or a B for a regular credit. First and foremost, your job is to teach your child at their level. Teach for success. It doesn't matter what the course is, or what the books you used. An honors course refers to the depth and extent of how far your child takes the content. Any course can be an honors...
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Why Mastery is More Important Than Perfection

Why Mastery is More Important Than Perfection
Do you have a perfectionist in the family? Whether it's you, your kids, or both, click on Lee's video below for some ideas to help you stop worrying about being perfect and learn to relax in your homeschool! Are you or your kids perfectionists? Does it make it difficult to have fun and relax in your homeschool? Let me know in the comments below! Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create...
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Nobody is perfect except God - good discussion topic with teens. Blessings, Lee
Wednesday, 30 May 2018 22:20
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Grades are Subjective

Grades are Subjective
I understand that some homeschool parents feel uncomfortable giving grades, but grades are the love language of colleges. Some parents tell me they chose not to list grades on their children’s transcripts, and that it was a mistake. They lost money in scholarships because they didn't list grades.  Avoid giving pass or fail grades which may be interpreted as a very low grade, and can lower the overall GPA. All grades are subjective. Teachers in public...
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How to Calculate Homeschool GPA

How to Calculate Homeschool GPA
Each year, update your homeschool transcript to include your finished classes. Remember to recalculate the grade point average. Forgot how to do that?  Here is a brief review of how to calculate homeschool GPA: Assign each class a credit value. Assign each class a numerical grade. Multiply each class credit by it's numerical grade. That gives you the grade point for that particular class. Add all the grade points for all the classes that are complete....
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Hi Marcella, I think you may be overthinking this a bit. Here's the truth - all school districts across the nation have their own ... Read More
Friday, 15 February 2019 18:18
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GPAs are acceptable to colleges, and many will require them if they are not included. I believe that parents really NEED to create... Read More
Wednesday, 08 January 2020 01:17
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If you are a homeschooling parent then YES you can calculate a GPA with no assistance. There is only one exception: if you are not... Read More
Wednesday, 08 January 2020 16:30
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5 Lessons About Writing Course Descriptions

5 Lessons About Writing Course Descriptions
Kerrie posted the sweetest comment on Facebook , while in the midst of a challenging marathon of writing her course descriptions. This is what a house looks like at Christmastime when you wait until the last minute to write course descriptions and reading lists for college applications! Lee Binz of The HomeScholar - we should've listened to your advice and started much earlier! See well-worn copies of the two books on top of paper pile! (...
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The difference between accredited and official transcripts

The difference between accredited and official transcripts
Have you ever wondered about the difference between an "accredited" and an "official" homeschool transcript? Sally discovered that her son could play on a private school baseball team - IF he entered that school's Independent Study program.  The school says he needed an accredited transcript from his 9th grade year to prove that he was in the 10th grade this year.  She was under the impression that his work was accredited basically by her.  The school...
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Earn College Credits while in High School

Earn College Credits while in High School
You can give high school credit for students who earn college credits, regardless of how old the student may be.  Of course, when I tell that to parents, half of them laugh and think, 'MY child getting college credits in high school?  HA!"  I know it's easy to be skeptical - I remember thinking that way myself!  But when kids really start to learn a subject they love, it's completely possible to earn college credits through...
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Grading Estimate

Grading Estimate
Let me guess.  You didn't use tests on all your homeschool subjects, right?  Neither did I! And yet, somehow, my children survived!   Some homeschoolers think it's tons of fun to go back through four years of high school records and try to find or recreate every possible test, quiz, and assignment.  For me, that doesn't sound like fun.  I was not one of those people.  Plus I've noticed that even when parents do some forensic grading...
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This Book is a Must-Read

This Book is a Must-Read
It was so nice to see a new 5-star review of my book, Setting the Records Straight.  Sometimes positive encouragement is so... encouraging! Setting the Records Straight 5-Star Review by Susan Kilbrid This book is a must-read for those of you who are thinking of homeschooling through high school.  Lee Binz goes through the process of making a homeschool transcript step by step and makes what to some is an overwhelming job seem easy. The book...
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The Problem with Homeschoolers

The Problem with Homeschoolers
One of the biggest problems with homeschool parents and how to avoid it. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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Free Live Training Webinar on February 19th

Free Live Training Webinar on February 19th
Join The HomeScholar for a free LIVE presentation! “A Homeschool Parent's Guide to Grades, Credits and Transcripts” will give you the information and confidence you need to succeed in creating AMAZING homeschool transcripts that the colleges will LOVE! There will be lots of time to get your high school record keeping questions answered by an expert! Everyone who registers will receive an audio recording of the class, so while we are together you can just sit...
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Evaluate Without Grades

Evaluate Without Grades
When faced with courses such as math or spelling, most homeschool parents feel pretty confident in their grading methods.  But what about those more challenging courses, like fine arts, or even creative writing--how do you grade those things?  If you were teaching culinary arts, think about a yummy piece of chocolate dessert, and how you would grade something like that! Of course, grades definitely have their place, but an equally useful method of evaluating your child’s...
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Lee has three core beliefs about homeschooling: homeschooling provides the best possible learning environment; every child deserves a college-prep education whether or not they choose to go to college; and parents are capable of providing a superior education to their children. Lee does not judge your homeschool or evaluate your children. Instead, she comes alongside to help and encourage parents homeschooling high school.

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